January 28, 2005

And baby makes, err, six...

We're still waiting the arrival of LLama Mark IV----at the latest, it will be Monday, when Mrs. LLamabutcher is scheduled for a C-section.

I've been a problem (apparently) because I'm not getting with the program on the naming front: I haven't been able to get much farther along than "Elvis Agamemnon (LLamabutcher)." It's weird this time I think because we never knew the sex before going in: this time around, our six year old son really REALLY wanted to know if he was going to have another sister. There are advantages as well as disadvantages of being the only boy, and I guess he was doing the decision-cost calculus of what he wanted to put his hopes into. Turns out, we are having a boy. But what's weird for me is that to get in proper name generating mode, I always had two lists to work with. For whatever reason, it's made the task trickier, as one of the little traditions we had going was that we could get a consensus easier if you had two lists to work with, replete with some old fashioned horse-trading.

I've got to get ready for class, but I want to revisit the issue of names and the state of naming in 2005 (ie why I can't swing a dead cat on the playground without hitting an Owen) (and, umm, what was I doing swinging a dead cat on a playground to begin with? Damn Republikans!)

Yips! from Robbo: Translation - Get those suggestions in, folks. I personally know that Mrs. Llama has a taste for the truly exotic in the naming line. I also know she is one of this site's biggest fans and I'm sure she'd go along with any consensus that develops here.

Posted by Steve at January 28, 2005 10:24 AM

Owen is in? Damn. I had that picked out in case we had a son last time, because I like the name and didn't know any Owens. I could go for the Irish spelling perhaps. We went with a traditional Irish name for our daughter and now find that there are a few of those around. What the hell? What causes this phenomenon?

Posted by: SteveL at January 28, 2005 12:27 PM

Well, at least little Peggy Noonan Clytemnestra (Llamabutcher) will have a new little brother to boss around, whatever the moniker he ends up with.

You are in my thoughts and prayers for a safe delivery. Well, not you, naturally. The missus.

The world needs more llamas.

Posted by: The Colossus at January 28, 2005 12:34 PM

Humm... Baby Llamabutcher names... Let's see.

How about using a "Biblical name" meme. Here are examples for you: Nimrod, Jehoshaphat, Jephthah, Methuselah, Meshach, Shadrach, Abendego, Pontius, Terah, Zipporah, Caiaphas, Ishmerai...

Oh there are hundreds...

Posted by: The Maximum Leader at January 28, 2005 12:39 PM

Ah ha! Web site filled with Biblical names for you: http://www.behindthename.com/nmc/bibl.html

Posted by: The Maximum Leader at January 28, 2005 12:40 PM

Names for a boy. Hm. Needs something strong, not fussy.... Biblical can be good...

Well, there's the obvious ones, David, Daniel, Paul, James, Jonathan, John, Timothy, Joseph, Adam, Isaac, Abraham....

If my daughter had been a boy, she would have been Daniel Stuart (as it is, she's Noelle Emelienne), and I have a deep fondness for David (Darling Husband) - who lives up to his name (in a good way LOL). "Jonathan" - "Beloved by God" or something similar, is a favorite, too.

However, I'm sure you've covered these already, and your older boy may "own" one of these....

So, Steve, to take a line from an infamous movie... "Son, you're on your own...."

Posted by: Romeocat at January 28, 2005 02:23 PM

We gave our boys strong, traditional first names, and then gave them as a middle name the first name of the grandfathers (i.e., one boy got one granddad's name as the middle name, and the other got the other granddad's name).

Posted by: JohnL at January 28, 2005 03:26 PM

My parents relied on the names of popes and saints in naming their brood of eight. If you are going out on a limb, why not Sturm Ruger (to show your support for the Second Amendment), James Tiberius (Khaaaaaaannn!), or Donald Rumsfeld (go to war with the army you have). Best of luck to Mrs. Llama and the one on the way.

Posted by: LMC at January 28, 2005 03:39 PM

More possibilities: Pericles, Odysseus, Telemachus

Posted by: LMC at January 28, 2005 03:43 PM

Good luck to you both with the baby's arrival. Naming boy's is well nigh impossible as far as I'm concerned. My son is George Theodore. If our baby had been a boy we were kicking around the names Peter and Hugo. Probably would have gone with Peter, but we never did settle on a middle name.

Posted by: Jordana at January 28, 2005 03:51 PM

Jebediah Ezekiel Zachariah (Llammbutcher). All together.
When he's done something bad "Jebediah"
When he's done something really bad "Jebediah Ezekiel"
And when he might as well give away all his stuff cause he's in soooo much trouble "Jebediah Ezekiel Zachariah (Llamabutcher)".

Posted by: Robert at January 28, 2005 03:53 PM

Why not name him after some of your favorite bloggers?

I think Rusty Chip Bill (Llamabutcher) would make a wonderful name.

I'm sure Dr. Shackleford, The Crack Young Staff, and INDC Bill would be honored to be your offspring's namesake!


Posted by: Anna at January 28, 2005 04:26 PM

Don't forget Norse mythology. I work with a guy named "Odin."

I mean how cool is that?

Odin, Thor, Loki, Baldur, Bragi, Fafnir, Frey, Gunnar, Hoth, Sigurd, Siegmund, Siegfried . . .

I bet kids with those names don't get beat up on the playground very often.

Posted by: The Colossus at January 28, 2005 04:40 PM

I went to high school with a guy whose name was "Thor Bjorn."

Biggest summbitch you're ever going to meet--about six six, 250 (and mind you, this was in high school), but a helluva nice guy.

Posted by: Steve the LB at January 28, 2005 04:57 PM

Alan, after my favorite actor, Alan Bates.
Or Fausto, in my honor.

Posted by: Fausta at January 28, 2005 08:49 PM

When my friends were having their boy and were having trouble coming up with a name, I suggested Chewbacca. For so reason, they never asked me for help on that particular task again.

Posted by: owlish at January 28, 2005 09:06 PM

Congratulations, and continued prayer for your little one.

Posted by: Brian B at January 28, 2005 09:44 PM
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